EMD GP38-2 - Page 7

The most populated series on the EMD side of the CR roster were the 223 GP38-2's inherited from Penn Central. Conrail also purchased 115 brand new GP38-2's between 1977 and 1979. The entire roster filled the 7940 to 8281 block. The four-axle units churned out 2,000hp and were regulars in all types of service.

Equipped with plows on both ends, several were cleared for use at the PP&L Strawberry Ridge, PA power plant (8040 and 8064) and others were equipped with bi-directional cab arrangements (8154 and 8162). The PC GP38-2s were built without anti-climbers. Conrail's 8163 froward order included the anti-climbers. A small handful of other subtle differences can be found when comparing the different orders such as the fuel spout revision, nose ventilation lovers, an additional latch to the control compartment door, etc.

CR 8228 at Harrington, DE 3/28/98

CR 8228 is seen at Harrington, DE on 3/28/98.

CR 8228 at Harrington, DE 3/28/98

CR 8228 is seen at Harrington, DE on 3/28/98.

CR 8228 leads SENH at Hinsdale, MA. on June 22, 1980.

ConRail GP38-2 8228 splits the automatic block signals with eastbound SENH in tow near MP 139 on the Hinsdale flats in Hinsdale, MA. on June 22, 1980.

CR 8231-8262 Engineer Shawn McCord YPLA-12, Lancaster, PA 9-96

Engineer Shawn McCord smiles for the photographer as he shifts Dillerville Yard in Lancaster, PA on the YPLA-13 crew.. All of this is gone today having been made into greenspace for F&M College.. September, 1996..

CR 8232

GP38-2 8232 was on lease to the MKT when she was shot at Salina, KS on 5/10/83

CR 8232 in Middlefield, MA. on 12/21/85.

GP38-2 8232 leads an unusual, for the point in time, set of "small boys" on MBSE at mile 128.7 in Middlefield, MA. on Dec. 21, 1985.

CR 8235 at Mifflin, PA 1986

Conrail GP38-2 is seen pulling rare duty at Mifflin, PA in 1986, filling in for a F40PH that had failed on the eastbound Broadway Limited.

CR 8235, 5846, 8232 at Hollidaysburg, PA 10/79

CR 8235, 5846, and 8232 with an assortment of cars, are parked in the yard at Hollidaysburg, PA, among a sea of Conrail freight equipment.

CR 8240 Pine Jct 03231984

I took this from the Cardinal as it was leaving Chicago. At the time, the route was CR ex PRR and NYC to Pine Jct, then the B&O to Wellsboro, where it took a C&O branch to La Crosse, then the C&O of Indiana on to Hamilton OH. I caught this local at Pine Jct.

CR 8241 at Bennington Curve in 1984

Conrail GP38-2 8241 is leading a westbound freight around Bennington Curve in 1984.

CR 8241 at Bennington Curve in 1984

Conrail GP38-2 8241 is leading a westbound freight around Bennington Curve in 1984.

CR 8244 Westbound at Rochester, PA

CR 8244, 8246, 1657 lead a westbound at Rochester, PA on 2/7/97. Check out all of the Coilshields in the train!

CR 8246

CR 8246 at Rochester, PA on 2/7/98.

CR 8246 - GP38-2 at West Brownsville, PA

GP38-2's CR 8246 and 8181 rest in the yard at West Brownsville, PA on 8/28/1993.

CR 8247 on WHWA01 idles off the NEC, 03/17/93

WHWA01 with CR 8247 is spotting Toys R Us (in the back) and Hechingers (to the right) in the Landover/Ardwick area on 03/17/93. Taken from the then new Rte 410 bridge.

CR 8248 GP38-2 "star" unit Canton 12-84

One of several test units to wear a small "star" on the cab. Fairhope tower area, near Canton, Ohio.

CR 8248 in Middlefield, MA. on 3/7/81. (1)

GP38-2 8248 leads eastbound tonnage at the "art colony" in Middlefield, MA. on March 7, 1981.

CR 8251 Altoona, PA 4-11-1981

CR GP-38-2 8251 leads GP38AC 7656 (ex-LV 310) and a U-boat down Horseshoe Curve in April, 1981.

CR 8251 Altoona, PA 4-11-1981

CR GP-38-2 8251 leads GP38AC 7656 (ex-LV 310) and a U-boat down Horseshoe Curve in April, 1981.

CR 8252 on 8/3/84

ConRail TV9 turning off the B&M Conn River Line onto the Fitchburg route at Greenfield East in Greenfield, MA. on Aug. 3, 1984. The Conn River line heads straight, at right, for "the arch" beneath Main St. in Greenfield, while the Fitchburg curves away to the left. Greenfield station used to sit in the triangle where the two lines separate.

CR 8255 YPLA-13 at High Steel in Lancaster, PA

GP38-2 8255 leads the YPLA-13 yard crew shifting High Steel in January, 1996. Inbound loads of plate steel and beams were quite common during this time. High Steel was located just east of Conestoga on Amtraks Harrisburg Line. NS still delivers cars to this industry today just not as frequently..

CR 8255 at Lancaster 11/22/97

CR 8255 is seen at Lancaster PA 11/22/97.

CR 8257 GP38-2 on a local out of Bayview on the NEC, 1/94

AMTRAK Northeast Corridor - Middle River, Maryland, USA
The daytime local out of Bayview yard heads north near the Martin State Airport in Middle River with a Geep on each end. Not much freight rolls along these tracks in daylight.

CR 8258 at Lancaster PA 12/12/97

CR 8258 is seen at Lancaster PA on 12/12/97.

CR 8259 at Lancaster PA 11/22/97

CR 8259, 1627, 8255, & 1624 are seen at Lancaster PA on 11/22/97.

CR 8259 at Lancaster PA 11/22/97

CR 8259 is seen at Lancaster PA on 11/22/97.

CR 8260 at Lancaster 11/22/97

CR 8260 is seen along with other yard power at Lancaster PA on 11/22/97.

CR 8260 at Lancaster PA 11/22/97

CR 8260 is seen at Lancaster PA on 11/22/97.

CR 8261 in East Petersburg, PA. 12/28/92

GP38-2 8261 with local freight on the Lititz branch at Stevens St. (?) in East Petersburg, PA. on Dec. 28, 1992

CR 8263 and East Baltimore Warehouses

The final run passes some non-descript East Baltimore warehouses on its way back toward Bayview. 

CR 8263 approaches the loading bay

The brakeman rides the back steps of the Geep as it backs up to the loading bay.

CR 8263 Broadside at the American Can Company

A good broadside view of GP38-2 #8263. The old American Can Company in the background is now a chic shopping plaza for the newly gentrified Canton neighborhood that surrounds it.

CR 8263 heads back toward Bayview, boxcar in tow

Having captured its quarry, the last train on Boston Street heads east, back to the yard at Bayview.

CR 8263 makes its pickup at the American Can Company

This building has now become a shopping center, but in this photo it was still the American Can company, consuming can stock and shipping out cans for all sorts of uses. Here 8263 is picking up the boxcar from the loading dock.

CR 8267 on the tail of WHWA01-02 switching Capital Power at the south end of the Virginia Avenue tunnel. 3/93

WHWA01-02 (today's CSX B701) is seen switching Capital Power at the south end of the Virginia Ave/M Street Tunnel. Power was the 8267 on the south end and the 9415/9416 pair on the north end. Date was 03/02/93. The cars on the left went down the short branch to the Evening Sun newspaper building.

CR 8269 - GP38-2 at Rutherford, PA

CR 8269 leads a train past the relay box at "RUTH" in Rutherford, PA on 8/27/1983.

CR 8274 at the warehouses along I St in Washington DC. 2/93

WHWA01 working the warehouses along "I" St in Washington DC. Anyone who rode across I-395 that looked down at the tracks around Virginia Tower and saw boxcars in the yard, this is where they were going. RF&P cars were common.

CR 8274 on the end of WHWA01 at Bowie, MD, 03/12/93

WHWA01 shoves north off the wye at Bowie with CR 9416/CR 9415/CR 8274 and then heads south back to Benning Yard. 03/12/93

CR 8274 on the wye with WHWA01 at Bowie, MD, 03/12/93

WHWA01 shoves north off the wye at Bowie with CR 9416/CR 9415/CR 8274 and then heads south back to Benning Yard. 03/12/93

CR 8274 pulls in the clear in Landover MD, 3/93

Conrail local WHWA01 is about to work Dixie Plywood in the Pennsy Drive area of Landover/Ardwick on 03/17/93. Here, the 8274 pulls in the clear and the 9416 will actually spot the cars on the track to the right.

CR 8275 in Bancroft, MA. on 3/13/82. (1)

GP38-2 8275 leading RESE at the arch spanning Factory Brook and Town Hill Rd. in Bancroft, MA. on March 13, 1982.

CR 8276 Camp Hill PA, 12/21/1986

Norfolk Southern run-through power was often a frequent find on ENRO and ROEN, the NS interchange trains from Enola to Roanoke. Here a high hood GP lends some muscle to the southbound ENRO working through Camp Hill PA.

CR 8279 Bethlehem, PA 12-17-1988

CR 8279, a phase II 1979-built GP38-2, rests at a quiet Bethlehem engine terminal in December, 1988.

CR 8280 & 8281 at Edgemoor, DE 5/98

CR 8280 & 8281 are seen at Conrail's Edgemoor Yard in Edgemoor, DE in May of 1998.

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